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St. James’ Church, Ansty – Winter 2022

St James’ Church Notices: JANUARY 2022

St James’ Church has resumed Sunday services.

We are now able to sing hymns in church for after 18 months of quiet! Hymns are now sung at St James during Parish Communion and All Age Communion. Please come and help us raise the roof! Mask-wearing is advisory.

St James Church is still open on Sundays for private prayer and reflection from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm.
Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

Check out this document: The Church of England website

Churchwarden:      Lesley Simm

Secretary:              Lesley Simm

Treasurer:              Jon Gooding

Verger/sidesman:  John Oldfield  

Deanery Synod Representatives:  Morwenna Brewer and Lesley Simm

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

A brief synopsis of St James’ Church, Ansty

In 1211, during the reign of King John, Walter de Turberville gave the manor of Ansty to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

The Knights settled in Ansty, formed a small Commandery and, with a group of local helpers, began to build the present church.

The church was completed in 1230 and dedicated to St James.

A booklet is available in the church for those who would like to have a more detailed history of the church and Ansty.

St James, Ansty is part of the South Area of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry.

Team Rector:      The Rev’d. Dr. Graham Southgate (01722 870312)

Churchwarden:    Mrs. Lesley Simm (01747 873068)

Verger:                 Mr. John Oldfield (01747 871119)

Church services are held regularly every Sunday at 11.15 am.  

The monthly pattern of services is as follows: 

  • 1st Sunday    Matins (Lay led said service)
  • 2nd Sunday   Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)
  • 3rd Sunday    Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)  
  • 4th Sunday    All-Age Communion (with hymns)
  • When there are five Sundays in the month, a service of Holy Communion is held in one of the South Area churches.

Evening Prayer is said in the church every Monday at 5.30 pm.

Dates (2022) for your calendar:  JANUARY

January 02nd  11.15 am Matins BCP Lay

January 09th   11.15 am Parish Communion Rev Dr Graham Southgate

January 16th   11.15 am Holy Communion  Rev Dr Graham Southgate

January 23rd   11.15 All-Age Communion. Rev Dr Graham Southgate

January 30th    NO SERVICE

Hymns are now sung at St James during Parish Communion and All Age Communion. Please come and help us raise the roof! Mask-wearing is now advisory. Keep an eye on Covid regulations as they may be liable to change. 

St James’ Church and grounds are also open during the day for private prayer, or to just sit to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient place: please observe social distancing. 


Yvonne Pritchard 1929 – 2021 (updated 15-01-2022)

On a really crisp and sunny winter’s day, family and friends said their heartfelt goodbyes to Yvonne Pritchard whose funeral took place at the Salisbury Crematorium on 12th January 2022. Yvonne, who died in early December 2021 was 92 years old. People who couldn’t make the journey were able to watch a webcast of the funeral service taken by Martin Shallcross. Click here to read a tribute to Yvonne.